the Albuquerque River of Lights and what you need to know

River of Lights

With crisp weather and an abundance of things to do, there is no place for a holiday getaway quite like Albuquerque. Our one-of-a-kind Southwest destination becomes a wonderland of activity each winter, and visitors from all over flock to our city to enjoy the cooler weather and festivities. One event you definitely won’t want to miss this winter is the Albuquerque River of Lights! As New Mexico’s largest holiday production, this annual event features colorful, twinkling Christmas lights, animated sculptures, and over 500 displays. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s Albuquerque River of Lights and how to enjoy the most out of your experience.

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2 of the most important things to know about the Albuquerque River of Lights

1. when and where

The River of Lights of Albuquerque 2017 will take place this year from November 25th to December 30th at the ABQ BioPark.  The hours of the event run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and they are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  You can purchase your tickets either online in advance or at the gate.

2. what you’ll see at the Albuquerque River of Lights

There’s something for everyone at the Albuquerque River of Lights! The Polar Bear Express in Albuquerque is an enjoyable train ride for all ages. It offers both passenger and adults-only options.  You can also choose to simply stroll throughout the park and admire all the dazzling and creative light displays. Synchronized light shows, concessions, and holiday nature crafts are also available to enhance your time at this event.  No wonder the Albuquerque River of Lights has been recognized as one of the “Top 15 Holiday Light Displays in the United States.”

more holiday events you won’t want to miss

Albuquerque offers endless opportunities for fun during the holiday season!  The Luminaria Tour is a favorite local tradition that takes place every year on Christmas Eve.  Hop on a bus and enjoy a relaxing ride through Albuquerque to view countless luminarias decorating the city. The Old Town Holiday Stroll is another fantastic option.  It features live entertainment, dancing, games, and the tree lighting!

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River of Lights
Bottger Mansion front door at Christmas

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